Destination NSW given $324m to support major events calendar


Destination NSW has been allocated $324.5 million to deliver the events calendar across the State, including Vivid Sydney, SXSW Sydney, Mundi Mundi Bash, Parkes Elvis Festival, and a range of sporting events.

The money is part of the NSW Government’s $1.66 billion budget boost across the tourism and arts scetors which will go towards supporting events and festivals and free museum entry.

A new Visitor Economy Strategy for Destination NSW will prioritise the development of a ‘Foundation events’ category, supporting the role that key events such as New Year’s Eve, Sydney Festival, Lunar New Year, NRL Grand Final, Sydney Film Festival, and Sydney Fringe play in the State’s events calendar.

The NSW Government will also deliver further reforms to support venues, event organisers and councils as part of its ‘Vibrancy’ agenda, including legislating to make it easier to host events and festivals, and streamlining planning processes that are restricting cultural activity

The Department of Creative Industries, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport will formally come into effect from July 1, providing a renewed focus to grow the creative industries in NSW, and enable more people to pursue careers in arts, culture, entertainment, and experience tourism.

“This is part of the Minns Labor Government’s commitment to revamp the night-time economy and creative industries,” said NSW Tourism Minister John Graham.